ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (July 17, 2019) – New construction in Alexander County is critical to much-needed growth, and the Alexander County Building Inspections Division is ready to assist anyone seeking to build residential or commercial property.
The inspections division, which is now part of the Alexander County Department of Public Safety, consists of four full-time inspectors – Chief Code Enforcement Officer Bill Rogers, along with Dwight Smith, Seth Reeves, and Victor Breininger. The division also has two administrative assistants – Jill Woodie and Virginia Austin.
“Alexander County prides itself on having developed a building inspections division that enforces codes, while also providing a positive customer service experience,” said Rogers, who was hired in April 2018. “We lost experienced staff due to retirements and departures, and had a very limited number of employees, but we are in good shape now.”
Following the hiring of new staff, the division has experienced positive change by providing training in the areas of customer service and technology. Approximately 95 percent of building inspections processes are now paperless, as each inspector carries a tablet computer. Once an inspection is complete, the report is emailed to the contractor.
Another significant change is the turnaround time when an inspection is requested, as the division now does same-day or next-day inspections.
“It’s an extremely efficient process that is accommodating to contractors and builders in Alexander County,” Rogers said. “I applaud their efforts and look for even greater things to come in the future.”
On November 28, 2018, the county was evaluated by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). As a result of the visit, the county earned an ISO rating of “2” for commercial construction, with “1” being exemplary. The rating is based on how the county enforces their codes through plan reviews and field inspections. The improved ISO rating will result in lower insurance costs through 2022, at which time the county will be reevaluated.
Rogers presented the improved ISO rating with Alexander County Commissioners in May 2019, during which time commissioners expressed their appreciation to Rogers and his staff for the great improvements in the building inspections process in Alexander County.
“We are starting to see an increase in commercial and residential construction in Alexander County, so we are excited that our building inspections division has improved in terms of customer service and technology, while adhering to the building code to keep our residents and businesses safe,” said Dr. Jeff Peal, Chairman of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners. “Also, the new ISO rating will result in big insurance savings in our county. We appreciate everything you are doing to entice construction here.”
One of the most recent major construction projects in Alexander County is the new Bethlehem Baptist Church on NC Hwy. 127.
Brandon Setzer, Site Superintendent for Moss-Marlow Building Company, said the church construction project has been a great experience.
“I’ve worked with Alexander County Building Inspections, and Bill Rogers, hand-in-hand throughout the Bethlehem Baptist Church project,” Setzer said. “In my opinion, Alexander County Building Inspections has come a long way and has improved tremendously. It has been a pleasure working with the inspectors on this big project.”
The Alexander County Building Inspections Division is located in the new Alexander County Services Center at 151 West Main Avenue in downtown Taylorsville. To serve as a one-stop shop for builders, the center also houses GIS (Geographic Information Systems), 911 addressing, environmental health, planning and zoning, and tax office.
For more information and access to online forms and applications, visit https://alexandercountync.gov/departments/planning/#building-inspections, or call (828) 632-1000.